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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite
In Complements, Patricia Z. Smith recognizes the value and diversity of little things. Her photographs complement her words. Both her words and images cause the reader to pause and reflect. Most people pass over small items, but Patricia celebrates them. A shell, a broken piece of a statue, a moth, and more are just a few of the everyday things that are elevated to philosophers in this book. The simple and mundane become the voice of learning and thinking. Patricia makes sure the reader takes the time to analyze each picture to figure out its life meaning. We need to stop overlooking the small and give them their due respect. Some of the words and photos will resonate with your life, while others might leave you asking, “So what?”
Society loves the big and the dramatic. But, for the most part, people ignore the small and familiar. Patricia Z. Smith recognizes the value of the commonplace in her book Complements. Patricia’s writing style is enigmatic at times, and it is almost in your face at other times. For example, she stages her photographs using items many people can find lying around their house, collecting dust. Yet, she recognizes and shares the beauty of the mundane. Even if you are not into art, you will enjoy the combination of photographs and text. You may see even more than Patricia shares if you take your time. The pictures might have a special message just for you. As the old saying states, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” so what you take from this work of art will depend on your eyes.